The evoution of the bridal dress from 50´s

The evoution of the bridal dress from 50´s

If we have to say something that we are passionate about in the history of fashion, it is to see how the time and the events of each decade have defined the silhouettes and shapes of the dresses. Each era has different characteristics in terms of shapes, ornamentation, uses and fabrics. But if there is a type of garment in which the changes are clearly seen is in the wedding dress.

When we thought our prêt-à-porter bridal collection, we reviewed the aesthetic codes of each era in search of inspiration. As we have told on other occasions, the feminine aesthetics of the great ladies of the 50s is always our starting point and that is why we want to review the evolution of the wedding dress from the mid-20th century to the present day.

Beginning this review in the 50s means talking about the Second World War. After this terrible event the world lived a moment of absolute decadence that, irremediably, directly influenced fashion. The quality in fabrics and designs decreased significantly. It was only celebrities and families with greater purchasing power that could afford exclusive wedding dresses. But, in the 50 the world begins its recovery and the designs begin to change and look more ostentatious. The most common silhouette is with the cut adjusted at the waist and very voluminous skirts. The cancan and skimpy skirts with tulle arrived.

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Audrey Hepburn in a Pierre Balmain design, Rita hayworth in a Robert Kalloch design at "You´ll never get rich" film and Audrey Hepburn at “Breakfast at Tiffanys”.
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Grace Kelly and her dress, designed by the winner of two Oscars for Best Costumes, Helen Rose.
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Wedding dresses from 50´s.

The 60s were a global change in the world that was reflected in fashion. The youthful and free spirit brought with them a paradigm shift in dress. With the arrival of the miniskirt, bikinis and bell-bottoms the silhouettes in the dresses benefited from a greater relaxation that came to the 70s with much more daring designs. Bridal fashion became more daring and creative.

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Wedding dresses from 60´s and 70´s
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Balenciaga´s design from 1967, Balmain´s dress from 60´s, dress designed by Pierre Cardin.
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Loulou de la Falise in a vintage wedding dress, Bianca Jagger in a Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo and Elisabeth Taylor in her wedding with Richard Burton.

The decades of the 80s and 90s give way to the breaking of canons. We begin to see, for the first time, a greater variety of more opposite styles, from opulent designs to minimalist silhouettes created in a wide range of fabrics.

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Lady Di in a wedding dress designed by David Emmanuel.
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Wedding pictures of John. F. Kennedy Jr and Carolyn Bessette in a Narciso Rodriguez design and Iman and David Bowie.

But, if the last decades of the twentieth century stood out for freedom, the 21st century is highlighted by the variety of styles and past influences. The search for the perfect wedding dress becomes an arduous task that for many women ends up by choosing more than one model for their wedding day. So many styles and proposals that opting ​​for one ends up being complicated. That's why at THE 2ND SKIN CO., We always advise choosing the dress that best defines the personality of the bride.

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Giovanna Bataglia with designs of Alexander McQueen, Valentino Couture and Thom Browne.
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Poppy Delevigne in a Dior eddingdress and Kate Moss with a dress designed by John Galliano.
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Kate Middleton in a Sara Burton for McQueen design, Beatrice Borromeo in an Armani Privé and Meghan Markle in a Givenchy design